More than 150 years ago the graveyard was shut down
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Video

Southwark graveyard to become public garden

Cross Bones, an ancient graveyard in south London for prostitutes denied a Christian burial, is to be transformed into a garden for the public.

The burial ground, off Redcross Way, was earmarked for development but the open space will now respect the lives of those buried there.

Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) said landowner Transport for London (TfL) was leasing it the burial ground for at least three years so it could be turned into a garden.

Joseph Bonner from the trust said the Bishop of Winchester was thought to have granted licenses to these prostitutes, known as the Winchester Geese. BBC London's Jim Wheble reports.

  • 03 May 2015
  • From the section London